Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Baby Thanks!

Here is a sample of my baby thank-yous for when the time comes (only 4 more weeks!!).
I kept them very simple, mostly because I have card making burnout still from Christmastime, and wanted to be able to make more easily after the baby is here in case I need them.
Can't imagine I'll be feeling up to making anything fancy when I have a newborn at home!! :)

I used Sweet Blush cardstock with White Stamper's Select for the card base, and patterned papers from the Pink Patterns set. (All by Papertrey Ink) The onesie stamp is from the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set and was stamped using Graphite Black ink. The Thank You sentiment comes from the She's Having A Baby set by My Favorite Things. The bling is from my stash- I used a bunch of different colours from different product lines. I also used my Scor Pal to make two lines down the centre of the white cardstock before adhering it to the pink. That's it! Not very fancy, but I'm happy with them, considering I still have annoucements and a baby album to finish before January 27!! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Recovering from Christmas...!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!! I certainly did. This year was extra fun because our 2 year old Jake was right into Santa. He didn't quite "get it", but it was close enough...haha. Unfortunately Santa forgot to bring batteries for some of the toys, which is something he will have to try harder to remember next year...oh well! :)

I received LOTS of fun fun fun cardmaking stuff from my wonderful husband and my mom, so look out for lots of new creations coming soon! I'm so excited that mom got me the Top Note Sizzix die from Stampin' Up, AND that my husband went to my favourite LSS and bought me pretty much everything that was on my wish list!!! Wahooooo!!!
I"ll leave you with a picture of my fave little guy on Christmas morning and promise to have a card to show you soon! My baby thank-yous are almost finished so I'll those in the next day or two.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wedding Wishes

I'm just not happy with my wedding cards...it's one kind of card that I find difficult to do. I never can get them "pretty" enough and they never seem to convey what I'm trying to get across! ARGH! Luckily specialty papers and beautiful stamps make it easier for me! :)

This card uses a shimmery white cardstock and a beautiful silvery/white specialty paper which both came from the Paper Pickle a long time ago. Come to think of it- so did the stamp! I used silver embossing powder and ribbons from Papertrey Ink. It was easy to make, if not the greatest card in the world! :)

Have a VERY Merry Christmas everyone!! Stay safe, eat lots and have fun with your friends and family.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Season's Greetings for Stamp Simply #66

I made these cards for Stamp Simply #66- Beyond Quick!!

The rules were: "Create a Christmas card (or card for other event if you are done with Christmas cards) that is SO SIMPLE you could assume that someone CASING your card COULD MAKE 6 of them in 30 minutes or less — now that HAS to be a simple card!!!! No other rules."

I think I managed that! These were quick, easy and pretty elegant too, if I do say so myself!! I used Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream cardstock, paired with either Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado or Dark Chocolate. The stamped image from Inkadinkado was stamped using one of those inks as well. I added Diamond Stickles to the bird image and sponged the same colour ink around the edges before popping it up with dimensionals. The background cardstock was run through my Snowflake Cuttlebug folder.

These didn't take me long at all once I had the idea planned out in my head. I must have cranked out a dozen of them in a half hour...sooooooo easy to do! If I had stuck to one colour only I might have been able to do more, but I only needed about 12 more for my family this Christmas. Enjoy! Thanks for looking! *edited to add*-- Sharon Johnson's cards HERE gave me the inspiration for my own creation...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Naughty or Nice?

This card is almost identical to the one I posted here.

These were my Christmas cards this year, and I varied the papers used and the remaining colour scheme.

For this one I used last year's leftover Figgy Pudding paper by Basic Grey, with Vintage Cream as my background cardstock. The cute image is from My Favorite Things, as is the sentiment. I coloured the owls in with Copic markers and went crazy with my Stickles. :)

I'll leave you with a cute picture of my little guy!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fabulous Fuzzy Felt!

This was such an easy card to pull together.

I used Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink and rust and blue from Bazzil. The blue I ran through my Swiss Dots embossing folder, but the one that comes as a border strip- not the A2 sized folder. The rust cardstock I stamped with a swirly type stamp in rust coloured ink- it shows up very faint in the picture, but much more prominent IRL. The gorgeous felt is from K & Company Wild Saffron line and I love it! I picked up a package of it at the Grand Opening for Scrappin' Great Deals in Kilworth. Lots of good deals there last Saturday!!! The sentiment comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink and was stamped in Pinecone Versacolor.

Thanks for looking! Stay warm, cozy and happy these next few weeks during the holiday season!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Hope your holidays are a hoot! :)

This was a version of my Christmas cards this year...something fast and cute that would lay flat in an envelop so I didn't have to spend a fortune mailing them!

I used the Christmas Owls set from MFT (bought at the Paper Pickle) and Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink with coordinating papers from a variety of lines. Each card used different patterned paper, and therefore a different colouring scheme, etc. The images are coloured in with Copics and have lots of glitter and/or Stickles added to it. They may not be the fanciest, but they didn't take long, which is great since I'm SICK of making Christmas cards!! :)

Sorry I haven't posted in so long...I have doctor's appointments like CRAZY for this baby!! She's keeping me running already. All is well- just extra precautions because of my Type I diabetes. Not to mention the usual Christmas hustle and bustle :) Anyway- I hope to be posting a little more often in the next few weeks before this baby comes along!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Get Well Soon!

Well now that I'm done my two craft sales this holiday season I can finally make some cards for myself and stock up! I sold out of everything!!! That's great except...now I'm busy making a whole bunch of Christmas cards for my own friends and family, not to mention the usual birthday, thank you, get well and sympathy!

I should have sent this card to myself this weekend...the 24 hour flu bug hit me hard on Saturday. I give credit to my delightful 2 year old Jake who probably passed it along from one his daycare friends. :) Oh well, I survived...although being diabetic, pregnant and sick with the flu is NOT fun!

This get well card was made using papers from Papertrey Ink- Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Remix patterned paper. I stamped the image in Versamark, embossed it in gold and cut it out, coloring in the flowers and stems with my Copic markers. I popped it up using dimensionals and matted it on cardstock that was cut using my Nestabilities. The bottom half of the card was dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder and I left room for the sentiment- "Get Well Soon" from the Garden of Life set by Papertrey Ink.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Big bella baby love!

Okay, I think I've about used up everyones tolerance for this sketch. But it's sooooo easy and quick (said in a very whiny tone)... :)

I used the Bella baby bubble bath stamp for this one, paired with a super cute sentiment from Hero Arts. Vintage Cream cardstock makes up the card base, while patterned paper from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy stack is the sparkly element. I coloured the image with my Copics and added more sparkly stuff- Stickles- to the bubbles. The circles were cut out using my Nestabilities.

As for my baby news- some of you commented that it seems like I've been pregnant forever...that made me laugh. YOU think that?? I definitely think that! :) I actually have a scheduled C-section on January 27th so I'll try and have a few posts to appear while I'm off for a week or two...until I'm back to blogging mode!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blog Candy from Claire!

OOooooo! Check out the fabulous Blog Candy that Claire (one my blogging sisters) is offering!! Don't forget to link her post on your blog to be eligible!

Is pregabella my twin?

This Bella sketch just jumped right out at me...don't you love it when that happens? :) I'd like to think that I look quite a bit like Pregabella right now, but I don't think I'm quite as "glowing" as she is...haha!

Check out SCS BSC53 for more cards created using this particular sketch.

I used Pregabella coloured in with Copics and matted on yellow Bazzil cardstock. I sponged Dark Chocolate ink around the edges of the image which was cut out using Nestabilities. Her shirt has some Diamond Stickles added to it. Other papers used...Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado and patterned paper from the Polka Dot Basics collection ALL by Papertrey Ink. Nestabilities also cut out the small circles on the right side of the card and the baubles are from Stamping Bella. A final touch? Aqua Mist ribbon! I love the way this one turned out!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out...it's so soft and sweet!

The image is from Impression Obsession and was coloured in with Copic markers, and Diamond Stickles were added to the stars. My good friend Tara gave me this stamp after she finished using for some baby shower invites. I guess she figures she won't need it again- all the more lucky for me!! She did mention though that she bought it at the Paper Pickle. I inked the edges with Sage Versacolor and matted it on a light blue cardstock. The designer paper is from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy pack, while the Vintage Cream cardstock is from Papertrey Ink. Buttons are misc. from my stash, and the ribbon came off of a package of Melissa Frances chipboard! You never know where you will find stuff to use on your cards! :)

My nephew- after 8 days of being nameless finally has a name!!! Benjamin Ryan- born the 22nd of November weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz. I'm a proud auntie!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Warm Hugs for Christmas

This card follows the same sketch as this one I previously posted. It's an easy sketch that utilizes any piece of fabulous patterned paper you have lying around. I used Heidi Grace flocked paper for mine, and the cutest little snowman image EVER- Warm Hugs by Stamping Bella. I coloured the image with Copics and added Stickles for extra "oomph". The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I mentioned last week that I became an aunt and that I now have an adorable nephew...well he STILL does not have a name!!!!! I can't believe it- one whole week and we're still referring to him as "what's his face". :) Lovingly of course...haha.

Also, yesterday my mom and I did our last craft sale for the season and it was fabulous! I was actually hoping to come home with a few cards to send out to family and friends, but I sold them all! :) That's a good thing I guess! Oh well, back to my craft corner to keep stamping, but this time for fun and not business!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Rubber Soul Christmas

I love these little stick people from Rubber Soul. They are so cute! I used Basic Grey Wassail papers, and paper pieced the dress with coordinating papers and coloured the rest in with Copics. Buttons are from my stash and the tiny piece of gold ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.

Tomorrow is the last Christmas craft sale my mom and I are doing for the season...thank goodness! I'm not sure if I'm cut out for the business world...haha. I realized I love making the cards for my own pleasure and it's not worth it to put pressure on myself to crank out 200+ cards for one day only! Not to mention with this baby coming I have about 2 doctor's appointments a week, so I'm booked up as it is!!! My C-Section is booked for January 27th!!!!!! Countdown is on!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Little baby, Big Love!

I made this baby card for my brother-in-law and his girlfriend once he called Friday morning to say she was in labour, CONVINCED they were going to have a baby girl. BUT I was wrong!! :) Baby boy it is...so I'll show you the girl card anyway. :) I'm so excited to have nephew- 7 lbs, 7 oz. even though he was 4 weeks early. He's going to stay in the hospital for a few more days just to be safe- but so far so good- no problems or anything! Phewf!

I used Lavender Moon cardstock and ribbon from Papertrey Ink for his one, and patterned paper with a beautiful shimmer to it, from KI Memories. The bottom half of the card I ran through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and rounded all the corners. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and was embossed with a purpley/pink powder. I bought both the stamp and the embossing powder at the fabulous Paper Pickle!! I paper pierced around the edges and sponged Lavender Moon ink around also. Brads are from Making Memories and I covered them with Diamond Stickles.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Grumpabella feels yucky!

Ooooo Grumpabella! She's too cute to be grumpy! :) At least she has a coffee in her hands- one thing I miss about being pregnant is not having coffee in the morning...decaf, ahem, *sucks*. I think she's in her housecoat all snuggly trying to feel better!

So I coloured her in with Copics, doodled around the edges and matted her on brown Bazzil cardstock. All designer paper is Urban Prairie from Basic Grey. Gems are Doodlebug Design, ribbon is misc. from my stash and the sentiment comes from the Garden of Life set by Papertrey Ink. Hope she is feeling better soon!!

We had an exciting phone call this morning. My brother-in -law and his girlfriend are in labour!!! It was supposed to be another 4 weeks- which is early yet, but not tooooo early. I think 37 weeks is considered "full term" so she is very close. I'm sure everything will be fine. Meanwhile, I'm pacing around the house waiting to hear if I have a niece or nephew...my first time as an aunt!! On my side I think I'll have to wait awhile; my brother is not too anxious for a family yet so it might be a long time before I get to be an aunt again, so I'm going to enjoy it!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Snowmen Holiday Wishes!

These snowmen (or are they snowwomen??) are so cute! Sunshine Designs packages them in a set of 4, which I bought at the Paper Pickle. I love that they are rubber, but are no longer mounted on a bulky wooden block- making it easier for me to peel and stick and position.

I coloured them in with my Copics and of course added lots of Diamond Stickles to them! :) The sentiment is from the Holiday Tags set by Papertrey Ink, and is popped up with dimensionals. Other details? Ribbon is from Papertrey Ink, I used Nestabilities for the circles (plain and scalloped) and the gorgeous flocked paper is from Heidi Grace.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Birthday Wishes

This card utilizes a sketch from a week or so ago when Verve Visual had their November release celebrations. I used White Stamper's Select cardstock as my base, layered with black and yellow Bazzil cardstock. The embossed image is from Cuttlebug, ribbon is from The Paper Pickle, and the sentiment is from, of course, Verve Visual! The only other detail that is relevant is that I sponged a soft yellow ink around the embossed image before matting it...that's it!

Okay, I'm off to think of something for supper...ugh. My husband travels for business quite a bit, so tonight it's just Jake and I. It's not that fun cooking for a 2 year old...bologna satisfies him just fine...ewwww! Meanwhile any recipe I make will give us 3 days worth of leftovers! I'm sure I'll think of something-- Kraft Dinner anyone?! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bella Baby mouthful!

What a name for a stamp...Bella Baby Buggy Bumper...that's a mouthful! :) Still, it's pretty cute isn't it? A nice soft baby card that works for a baby boy. Just another baby card that I made for the upcoming craft bazaar next Saturday!

I coloured in the image with Copics, and used papers and ribbon by Papertrey Ink.

Stamps: Bella Baby Buggy Bumper by Stamping Bella, Polka Dot Basics by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Graphite Black ink, White craft ink, Copic markers
Paper: Aqua Mist, Kraft, Lemon Tart, White Stamper's Select cardstock, patterned paper from Polka Dot Parade ALL by Papertrey Ink
Misc: aqua mist ribbon by Papertrey Ink, brads by unknown.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Figure skates and baby surprises!

I was inspired by this post of Sharon Johnson's. I decided to work simply and let my image and papers do the 'talking'. :) The cute little figure skates image is from Sunshine Designs, and the patterned paper is from Wassail by Basic Grey. I used my Copics to colour the image in, using gold Stickles here and there. The circles were cut using my Nestabilities. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Thanks Sharon for more great inspiration!!!

As for an early Christmas present for my family....we FINALLY got to find out the sex of this baby that is kicking me like crazy!!!!! Drumroll please..... It's a GIRL!!!!!!!! I am literally stunned. I never expected it to be a girl and the doctor could tell I was shocked. I almost started crying in her office I was so happy. We're trying to get our little guy Jake to say 'sister' but he's reluctant...I'm tellin' ya- all he wanted was a puppy not a sibling! :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Paper Pickle make and take!

This is the card everyone had the chance to make at Sunday's Christmas Open House at the Paper Pickle. Isn't it pretty? They have just started up a new blog too so that's exciting!!

The image is from Inkadinkado, the embossing was done using a Cuttlebug folder, and the tag is from Making Memories and was set using their tag curler. That's about all I can tell you since it was all set out for us to make. I added Diamond Stickles to the snowflakes and sponged ink around the edges for effect. Sorry for the glare! It's a rare sunny day around here this week!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Take a break...

I used Amy Rysavy's sketch AMYRS45 for my inspiration on this card. I've had this Annie LaPoint image from MFT for awhile now and am finally inking it up!

I paper pieced the tub onto some of the solid coloured paper included in the Basic Grey Granola 6x6 pack, and coloured in the rest of the image with my Copics. I added Diamond Stickles to the flowers, and sponged Polar Ice Versacolor around the edges before matting it. The corners were punched using my SU! Ticket punch, and the brads are from...hm...I don't remember! The rest of the papers are also from the Granola pack (I love the colours in this pack!!). The flowers are those white shimmery ones you can buy in a big tub at Michael's...I used my Copics to colour them a matching shade to the patterned paper and used the same brads for the flower centres. That's about it for card details!

My weekend was a cardmaker's dream...well, my particular cardmaker's dream anyway! TWO stops at my favourite stamping store!! Wahhooo! Saturday my mom and I went to a Christmas Bazaar (craft sale, whatever you want to call it) and then afterwards, of course, stopped in at The Paper Pickle where we spent lotsa $$ :) Unfortunately our stay was not long, since we had my son Jake with us (he's 2) and he must of inherited his dad's and grandfather's genes for NOT liking cardmaking stores at all! While we were there we noticed that the next day was their Christmas Open House, so of COURSE we had to back on Sunday and spend more $$. Except this time they had cookies and cider AND I found a sitter to watch Jake, which made both of us happy :) After a lovely make-and-take Christmas card (which I will post someday soon) we got out there in a hurry before our VISAs blew up! :)

Hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Snowflakes abound...

Okay, I've searched every gallery and blog imaginable and can't find where I CASEd this card from...let me just say it's not my idea and I liked the original card so much that I knew I wanted to try it myself. (edited to add: I found it here!)

Pretty much all supplies for this card are from Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise noted.

Ocean Tides is the 5x5 card base, with Kraft (rolled through my Big Shot with the snowflake embossing folder by Cuttlebug) and patterned paper from the Polka Dot Parade collection. Ribbon is Ocean Tides Saddle Stitch ribbon. The snowflake comes from the Holiday Tags set (stamped on White Stamper's Select), and it's popped up with dimensionals on Ripe Avocado. Both the plain and scalloped circles were cut using my Nestabilities. The final touch was a silver bauble from Stamping Bella.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

This house believes...

This is the card that I taught at my cardmaking class on Tuesday night at the local library. I used an image from Inky Antics for my sample, but everyone was free to use whatever image they wanted (I took about 5 for them to choose from).

I coloured my image in with Copics and used Gold Stickles on the star. Papers used were Kraft, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado and White Stamper's Select- all by Papertrey Ink. Patterned paper is from the Holiday Vintage Prints collection by PTI. I also used gold ribbon by PTI, and the Ornament embossing folder by Cuttlebug and baubles from Stamping Bella.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Busy days ahead!

I'm wimping out on cards lately...I've been busy!! I promise lots more creative stuff coming your way soon... :)

This one used my new Ripe Avocado cardstock from Papertrey Ink, paired with White Stamper's Select ran through the Cuttlebug Ornaments folder. I also embossed a small piece of Ripe Avocado and cut out the ornament, popping it up with dimensionals and using my Gold Leafing marker to colour the top. The ribbon is adhesive, which was wonderful to stick on, but not so wonderful to tie a knot with!

My mom and I hosted a card-making class last night at the local library, so I'll be sure to post a picture of the card that I taught...I think everyone had fun and they all seemed to catch on rather quickly. We did one last Valentine's Day which was frustrating me for because I'm NOT a good teacher and get frustrated easily when people don't "get it" as fast as I think they should...or when they misuse my supplies :( But this group seemed a little beyond the beginner stage and were genuinely interested in card-making and I think they went home happy with the cards they made. At least, I thought they all made beautiful cards! Now it's just preparing for 2 more craft sales, getting baby thank-yous and announcements reading for our little one (arriving around Feb. 2nd) and finishing up a baby album for my FIRST son, let alone this new one! :) Easy peasy! :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

The cutest dragon ever!!

Well I stamped that Sunshine Designs snow globe image a few dozen times, so be prepared to see it lots in the next while. :)

Cardstock is White Stamper's Select and Pure Poppy (which was ran through my Cuttlebug Snowflake folder) from Papertrey Ink, while the patterned paper is DCWV. Ribbon is Pure Poppy, and the dark green is Bazzil. I stamped both the image and the sentiment (from the Holiday Tags set by PTI) in Brilliance Graphite Black and sponged Pure Poppy ink around the edges. The circles are cut out using my Nestabilities. The final touch...a snowflake embellishment from Making Memories.

I hope everyone had a safe Halloween if you were out trick or treating. My DH and I took our son out early in the afternoon as to get home before dark. Poor guy (Jake, not my husband!) was just whipped by the time we got him to bed. But he WAS the cutest little dragon you have ever seen!! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Snowy Snowmen in a Snowglobe...

I freaked out when I saw this CUTE image from Sunshine Designs at the Paper Pickle...it's soooo cute! I only wish they could come up with a more creative name than SD052 J...I mean, really! That's a little boring!

I used Bazzil cardstocks and patterned paper from DCWV, along with white stamper's select cardstock to stamp the image on. The lavender cardstock I ran through the snowflake Cuttlebug folder. The image I coloured with Copic markers, sponging Lavender Moon ink around the edges before matting it to the blue cardstock (which I cut out using my Nestabilities). I added Diamond Stickles to the snow falling and on the ground. The gems are from Heidi Swapp, the ribbon slide from Making Memories and the ribbon is misc. from my stash.

The entire sketch is based on a SFYTT from Jen Del Muro's blog.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Holiday Wishes

I'm really liking all these quick and easy Christmas cards!! It makes it easier for me with 2 upcoming craft sales to prepare for...

This one uses Papertrey Ink's Pure Poppy and White Stamper's Select cardstock. I ran the white through my Cuttlebug folder and tied around some misc. red ribbons from my stash before adhering it. The tag was made using my Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and the "Holiday Wishes" sentiment comes from the Holiday Tags set by Papertrey Ink. A quick hole punch, and a jump ring from Making Memories, and finished!!

Anyway...a nice Christmas card to celebrate Halloween! Haha...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Glittery snowflakes abound!

This card is pretty hard to appreciate unless you see it IRL. Transparencies will NOT take a good picture...for me at least. I used Cornish Heritage Farms transparency sheets as my card base, with a piece of Sweet Blush on the inside for writing on. The snowflake paper is tacked to the transparency with glue dots and you can't even see them from the inside which is good, otherwise it would kind of junk it up, ya know? Before tacking it down, I coated the entire snowflake paper with glue and sprinkled on Making Memories clear glitter. This card is SO glittery and sparkly- I might just have to set it aside for someone I really like! :) I added a few tiny flatbacked pearls to the center of some of the snowflakes and really like the finished result!

Luckily all the snowflakes missed us yesterday. The rest of South Western Ontario got wholloped pretty heavily but I woke up to sunny skies! Phewf...saved for another few weeks at least- then I'm sure winter will catch up with me! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Joy of the Christmas Season...

From the picture, this card looks a little more 'raggedy' than it does IRL. :) I like the way it turned out though...a little shabby chic.

I stamped my sentiment in Versamark on White Stamper's Select cardstock and embossed it with silver EP. All edges of the papers were distressed using my Heidi Swapp distressing tool. This sounds weird but, I've found that if you lick your finger and run it along the edges of the paper before you start distressing, it gives you a rougher edge.

The pale blue cardstock is from Bazzil, and the shimmery silver is from my LSS but I think it's made by The Paper Company. I ran it through my Swiss Dots embossing folder and tied around it some silver and white ribbon that are both from Papertrey Ink's September release. I also used my silver leafing pen to highlight around the edges. The snowflake I cut out from some patterned paper and covered in glitter. I then added a clear button and silver bauble to finish it off!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Minty Christmas

Another card using Imaginisce papers! The paper is double sided which makes coordinating so much easier...this particular piece of patterned paper is called Snowy Soiree.

I used BSC51 from the Bella forum on SCS for my layout, and the minty coffee image from Stamping Bella.

The white glitter paper is from a DCWV mat stack that I picked up from Joann's when I went cross border shopping last weekend. It's nice to live only 30 minutes from the border crossing- easy to pop over across and pick up some fun stuff we can't find easily over here in Ontario. If the Canadian $$ was doing better I'd go across more often!

I coloured the image with my Copic markers and stamped my sentiment from Hero Arts below. The edges are sponged with a teal ink very softly as I was trying to bring out some of the teal colours in the patterned paper. To finish it off, I used my new Bella dots- the mistletoe set...too pretty!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sparkly Season's Greetings!

I love these Christmas-y papers from Imaginisce. So sparkly and pretty! Easy card...I used the double sided papers for the background, and my Marvy punches for the sentiment and matting. Ink is a 'rusty color' from Versacolor. Sentiment comes from Sunshine Designs and the sheer white polka dot and silver ribbon is Papertrey Ink, while the sheer green is from my LSS. Silver charm is Making Memories..told ya' it was easy! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brand new and shiny blog banner!!

Check it out...Surprised!?

I am SOOOO excited to show off my wonderful, fantastic, updated blog banner and all the tweaks that went along with it!! Thanks soooo much to Sara at Tweaks and Designs for the FABULOUS work she did. Even though I felt like my description of what I wanted was confusing-- (uhhh, pretty, but not pink...clean, but chaotic...not really girly, but I like butterflies and flowers) Sara nailed it. And I'm SO happy with it! Hope you all like it too!

I promise to be back in a day or two with some new cards. I've been busy creating so I have a stack ready to take pictures of, and post in the next little while. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gossipy Stella goes high speed!

I'm having a hard time adjusting to my brand new HIGH SPEED internet!! Yaaaahoooo! I mean, things are so much...faster! :) I think this will leave me a lot more time to focus on housework.

Ohhhhh, man, I just hurt myself laughing at that one!!!
This card features Gossipy Stella. Isn't she cute?? Maybe she's calling all her friends to tell them they can now send picture files and videos since she finally has high speed?! I coloured her with Copics, and doodled around the edges. The sketch is one I've used before...I think I 'borrowed' the sketch a long time ago from The Lucky Clucker. Cardstock is Spring Moss and Sweet Blush (both from Papertrey Ink) and papers are K & Company I believe. The clear baubles are also from Stamping Bella, while the sentiment is Wonderful Wishes from Verve Visual.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

I love this sketch from Jen del Muro's blog. It made making this card much easier! :) The pumpkin image is from the $1 bin at Michael's but I masked it and stamped it 3 times, colouring it in with my Copics. I have forgotten who makes the patterned paper...sorry about that! The orange cardstock was run through my Cuttlebug folder- Swiss Dots.

Had another ultrasound yesterday...nope- they wouldn't tell me what we're having...grrr! The technician said SHE could easily tell, but wouldn't tell ME. I had a few choice words for her (in my head of course, because I'm always polite). I think I have an idea though, but I'm not sharing in case I'm wrong...I'll know for sure soon enough- and then I'll tell all of you! :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Oh Baby! It's Thanksgiving!

I made this card for a girlfriend who was expecting, all of us friends 100% sure she was having another boy. Well...surprise! It was a girl, so it's back to the drawing board! Oh well, it will get used somehow I'm sure!

What a quick and easy card to do! I picked up these pretty chipboard letters from Walmart the other day (don't really like that place, but it certainly is cheap!) and decided to make them the focal point of a baby card.

The card base is White Stamper's Select, run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. Then I swiped some Adirondack Mushroom ink over the raised bumps and tied around the sheer brown polka-dot ribbon. The letters are from K & Company and already came distressed and inked, and were adhesive backed, so all I had to do was stick em' on! A final touch was a pale blue safety pin through the knot of the ribbon. I think it just gives it something 'extra'.

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Canadians! Try not to each TOO much turkey and stuffing. :) I know I lucked out and don't have to cook for three nights in a row...I knew there was a bonus to buying a small house...no hosting duties for me! :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Sesame Street birthday...

Who doesn't love Sesame Street characters?! My little guy likes Elmo right now, so I found this card in the SCS gallery that incorporates ALL those fabulous creatures from every kid's favourite show. :) Thank goodness for other people's great ideas! :)

I used a SU! punch for the heads, with all cardstock being Bazzil. The eyes were the hard part- I don't have a punch big or small enough, so I had to cut them out by hand...ugh. The black pupils are from a hole punch though- easy to punch out, but hard to find when you drop them on the floor!! You can definitely tell I cut a lot of stuff out by hand, since everything is all lopsided. :)

The tag is from a Spellbinders Nestabilities tag set, and the Happy Birthday comes from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink. I used a metal charm from Making Memories and some ribbon from my stash to finish it off!
I'm sure Jake will love it- this is the second card I've made for him- he's my inspiration for little boy birthday cards.

Monday, October 6, 2008

My baby's birthday! *sigh*

My BABY is going to be TWO this Saturday... it's hard to believe. Time flies by so fast and now there is another one on the way in February! Ooooohhhh I'm gonna be busy! :)

I made this birthday card for Jake using the criss-cross card tutorial on SCS. Check it out-- super easy to do!

I used a Whipper Snapper image (bought from my LSS- The Town Scrapper) for the inside and coloured it in with my Copics, adding Diamond Stickles here and there. The "Happy Birthday" sentiment comes from Close to My Heart. The tab was done using the SU! tab punch, and I stapled it on with Making Memories decorative staples (afterwards I wished I hadn't done that...kinda looks junky). The orangey-coloured paper is Summer Sunrise cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

The outside of the card uses designer paper from DCWV and cardstock from Bazzil. The yellow band is Bazzil cardstock, with orange rickrack ribbon, and a #2 (for his birthday!!) from a Penny Black numbers collection (also coloured with Copics).

I like this card, but am going to (of course) make another one to see if I can do it better!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy World Cardmaking Day!!

Happy World Cardmaking Day! Isn't' this a wonderful day just for us crafters? :) I had planned on having some girlfriends over for a day of cardmaking but it seems like the cold weather/busy season is keeping everyone at home or elsewhere. I guess I'll have to find some other way to celebrate!

This card uses Papertrey Ink's vellum, which I've had in my stash for awhile but have not used yet...glad to say I finally have and am excited about the results! It is so thick that it scores and folds easily without yucky creases. And you can stamp on it perfectly! The white insert is stamper's select cardstock also from PTI. Flowers and sentiment are from the Garden of Life stamp set, and are stamped in Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss and Graphite Black, with Diamond Stickles added to the flower centres. Ribbon is Berry Sorbet stitched ribbon. Actually, all materials are from Papertrey Ink, except the Graphite Black ink! The white insert was attached to the vellum using a small amount of glue dots, and the ribbon conveniently covers it!

Have a GREAT crafting day everyone!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Grillafella is a little Offbeat...

This birthday card is for my brother-in-law's upcoming 31st b-day.

I stamped Grillafella with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured him using Copic markers. The edges of the image are sponged with Dark Chocolate ink and is matted on Summer Sunrise cardstock. The card base is Dark Chocolate, as is the satin polka dot ribbon. This was my first time using the Offbeat papers by Basic Grey- I bought the 6x6 pack last Saturday at the London Scrapbook Expo where I saw Kim and Linda- as well as lots of other cardmaking friends! Gems are from K & Company. Sentiment is from Mixed Messages set by Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Baby thanks!

I'm making baby thank-you cards for my brother-in-law's girlfriend. She is due about 6 weeks before me, so our family is going to be busy with babies. I'm so excited that my little one will have a cousin that close in age. I grew up with a bunch of cousins that are all within 2-3 years in age difference so it made family gatherings all the more fun for us. Anywhooo, she "placed an order" for some cards but I rather make them and give them to her as a gift. This is my first niece or nephew after all-- have to spoil everyone involved!

I used Papertrey Ink's Bitty Baby Blessings elephant image stamped right on the white cardstock, and coloured it with my Copic markers. The bottom 1/4 is Spring Moss (PTI)cardstock with matching ribbon. I punched it with a Martha Stewart punch, and stamped on the sentiment from the Mixed Messages (PTI) set. I think I'll have to buy some more Spring Moss paper and ribbon to do these cards! The green Copic marker doesn't match completely so I'm going to have to mix and match shades until I come up with a close enough combo.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

Isn't Thomas cute?? He's a personal favourite of my son's right now. This card was easy to make, but the image itself is a pain to colour! It took lots of time, and I think I'll stick to regular ol' pencil crayons instead of Copics next time. The 'official' name of the stamp is Thomas the Tank Engine 3/4 View, and it comes from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Thomas was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black, and coloured in with Copics. The edges of the image are sponged with Pure Poppy ink, and is matted on Lemon Tart cardstock. Two Making Memories silver brads were added before gluing it down to the Pure Poppy cardstock. I ran the Pure Poppy through the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder for added texture. It's matted on blue Bazzil cardstock and all edges were roughed up using my Heidi Swapp distressor.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blog candy for a cause...

Can you believe this blog candy??!! It's by far the largest I've ever seen...and you only have until tomorrow at 8 p.m. to enter! See Cammie's blog for details. Over $1000 in stuff to be won....holy moly!! It's a great idea that sends love and thanks to the many people out there who are caregivers for those with Alzheimer's Disease.

This is my card that I will be sending to the address she has given...but if you have your own caregiver to acknowledge- then I'm sure they would LOVE to get a card from you!

I used White Stamper's Select and Plum Pudding cardstock from Papertrey Ink, along with coordinating Plum Pudding ribbon. The image is from Sunshine Designs and I embossed it with Silver Detail EP and then coloured it in with my Copic markers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Women of Life set, and is also embossed with the Silver Detail EP. The little 'dots' in the image have a dab of Diamond Stickles added to it.
As you can see from the envelop, this is where I'm sending my card:
To the Staff at the Artman Home, 250 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A little Floral Whimsy on your anniversary!

This card uses Verve Visual's Floral Whimsy set, and a $1 Michael's stamp (I love it when I find a good one in their stamp bin!). The sketch comes from somewhere but I have forgotten now! This is for my husband's co-worker whose wedding we attended last year.

I stamped the vase in Dark Chocolate ink, and the stems in Spring Moss ink. The flowers I stamped in Dark Chocolate, then sprinkled on a sparkly brown embossing powder and heat set. I sponged Dark Chocolate ink around the edges and matted it to surprise, surprise...Dark Chocolate cardstock (betcha didn't see that coming!) Patterned papers are the Chocolate Remix 6x6 paper pack from Papertrey Ink. In fact, all ink and papers come from Papertrey Ink on this card. The sentiment follows along the same lines, except I used my pale pink Liquid Pearls to add to the heart on the "happy anniversary" sentiment.

Baby news: At my last appointment the doctor did not have my ultrasound results back yet so I'm still in the dark as to if this is a boy or girl kicking my guts out regularly! :) It's driving me crazy because I realllly want to know! :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Falling into a Thank You

This card is CASED from the Lucky Clucker and uses Kim Hughes' Making the Grade set from Cornish Heritage Farms.
I coloured in the images with my Copic markers after stamping them in Pinecone Versacolor ink. I used Vintage Cream cardstock and designer paper by K & Company (their fall harvest mat pad). Ribbon is misc. from my stash, and the sentiment was cut out using my Nestabilities.

A pretty easy card to put together, and nice fall colours at that! I think I'll save this for the hostess of one of my upcoming family Thanksgiving celebrations.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stella turns 50!

Stellaaaaaaa!!!!! With an olive on top of course. :)

This is a birthday card for an upcoming 50th birthday...I hope she celebrates as hard as Stella is here! :)

This wonderful image comes from Stamping Bella. She's coloured in with Copic markers and I used my Spica glitter pen to colour in the martini glass. The olive is coloured using a Sakura gelly roll marker and her wand has Lemon Stickles added to it. I used a pale blue ink to sponge around the edges, and cut it and the scalloped circle out using my Nestabilities. Cardstock is White Stamper's Select and designer paper is from DCWV. The purple scalloped circle is Bazzil Bling I believe. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Birthday Basics set, and I cut it out using Nestabilites also, then sponged pale blue ink around its edges too. Ribbon is all misc. from my stash and was stapled right to the card using some colourful Making Memories staples.

I hope my mom...errrr, the anonymous person turing 50 on Saturday, likes it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A little Lauren inspiration!

Lauren Meader gave me such great inspiration with this card. And by inspiration I mean that I shamelessly copied it. :) With a few of my own tweaks of course. The cute, cute main image is from Stamping Bella and is called Preggo Circle (how cute is that!?) and the sentiment comes from Penny Black. I love the combo of papers Lauren used, so I kept mine similar, using Basic Grey Sugared, and white cardstock. The white I ran through my Swiss Dots embossing folder before gluing it down. I used Nestabilities for the scalloped circle and rectangle and Copics to colour in the image. I sponged dark brown ink around the edges of the image and sentiment, and paper pierced around the edges of the scalloped circle. Flowers are from Prima and the pink brads are from my stash. For the sentiment I stamped it in Versamark, then sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat set it. Done!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Rain, rain, go away!

This is another stamp set I raided from my mom's stamp room...I'm missing her while she's on vacation, but my card collection is growing due to all those trips to her house to 'borrow' some more supplies...hehe. What she doesn't know won't hurt her! :)

I love the Everyday Blessings set by Papertrey Ink. It has a nice collection of religious/inspirational messages to go along with the main image of the cross.

In this card, I stamped the solid cross (hard to see in this picture) in a very pale blue, then added the outline image over top in a olive green. The sentiment is stamped in the same olive green. Papers are from Basic Grey Archaic, ribbon is misc. from my stash, and the brads are Making Memories. I used a SU! Slot punch (also my mom's!) for the ribbon instead of my usual Cropadile holes.

Holy moly- is anyone else getting rained on today!? Someone must have stepped on a lot of spiders to cause this downpour (Something my parent's told me when I was a kid...step on a spider and it will rain). I swear, I left the house looking like a normal person, and stepped into work looking more like a drowned rat...oh well.