Thursday, March 27, 2008

If I knew you were comin' I'd a baked a, or a pie!

Yum, yum, what has chefabella been cooking up?? Sorry it's been awhile since I posted...I had a wedding this weekend and it's taken me this long to recover from the lack of sleep amongst other things...errr... (too much wine). This card is based on BSC21 over on SCS.
I stamped her in black ink, and coloured her in with my copic markers, adding my own 'spots' to her apron, then covering them additionally with Spica glitter. The pie tray was coloured with a silver Sakura gelly roll marker. The cardstock is Bazzil, and the dp is from Imaginisce For Peeps Sake line (sooo cute and spring-like!) The scalloped border is hard to see because Bella is glued over top, but I used my corner rounder to do it. The sentiment is called Thanks so Much by Impression Obsession and is popped up with pop dots, and I paper pierced alllllll around the edges of the card and then added some ribbon from my stash. The bling is Heidi Swapp and now I'm going to go eat a piece of pie...or bake one first I guess...or maybe just go out and buy one! That's easier! :)

Mike the Monkey and I was featured!!

Go Bananas!! Teehee, I just love that sentiment, it's too fun. This card uses stamps from High Hopes- Lg. Mike and the Go Bananas sentiment. (Of course, bought at the Town Scrapper!) I coloured him in a little wonky- have you ever seen a purple monkey?? (If so, how much did you have to drink first?)
Annnnyway, he's coloured in with copics, and the edges are inked with Versacolor Hyacinth ink, then matted on a shimmery purple paper from the Paper Pickle. The banana in his hand actually belongs to the sentiment, I just chose not to ink it for that, and instead cut it up and popped it up in "Mike's" hand. The background paper is a soft green that is from my stash so I'm not sure who makes it, but it's definitely not SU, Basic Grey or The dp is from Nana's Nursery glitter stack by DCWV (I LOOOOOOVE those papers!) and is also matted on the shimmery purple stuff. Add some ribbon and brads and done! :)
Exciting news!! Inspirational Crafts Blog featured my Pamper Yourself card on their blog yesterday! I was super happy about that- go check it out! :)

I can't get the code to work properly, but they send me a banner to put up if I wanted....(which I DO want to, but it won't work!!) but you can check out their website at

A whoppin' Whipper Snapper stack o' birthday cakes!

I loooooove Whipper Snapper Designs. I just bought a few of their stamps from the Town Scrapper last week, and this is the first time using this image...and I LOVE it. :) It's stamped with Brilliance Lightening Black ink and coloured with copic markers (I used the wooden stamp block as a colouring guide, like I did with my birthday kittens card). I added some diamond Stickles to the funny little things around the image (they kind of look like quotation marks?), and inked the edges. I matted it on 2 layers of cardstock, and used my hole punch to make a space to thread a mish mash of ribbon through. The yellow piece I ran through my Cuttlebug Number Collage folder and tore off the bottom edge. It's the first time I have used that folder and I am happy with the results! Glue it all together and add a few colourful brads and I was done!

You make me smile!!

Another card I've made using Patty Chick from Stampendous' Calendar Chick collection...she's so CUTE! She's stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black ink on Papertrey Ink white cardstock, and I coloured her in with my copic markers, adding Spica glitter to the flower centres and leaves and orange peel Stickles to her beak. I love this patterned paper from K & Company- I picked it up at Michael's months ago, and I have to go back and get more since I've been using it so much lately! :) It's great double-sided designer paper that has a nice weight to it- not flimsy at all.
I inked the edges of the image with a rust ink, and then matted it twice with the designer paper, and punched the corners with the SU ticket punch. The brads are from MM, ribbon from Offray (bought at Walmart), and the sentiment is from Verve Visual's Thoughful Florals set. (The sentiments in that set are SO inspiring and nice!) I cut out the 3 flowers from the K & Company paper, and raised them up with pop dots and added Crystal Lacquer to the centers. The corner piece was done using the SU corner punch. And done! :) Have a great day everyone, I'm off to work at the library this afternoon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Whipper Snapper birthday

What a cold, miserable and blustery day!! Is it not supposed to be SPRING for crying out loud!!?? Okay, I'm alright now...just had to get that out.

This 5.5" square card uses the Party Kittens stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs for my main image. I bought it last Thursday at the Town Scrapper before my mom and I headed over to Actor's for lunch with Kraftin' Kimmie et al.
I stamped it with Brilliance Lightening Black (not as dark as Graphite Black, a little more greyish in fact) and coloured it in with my copics, using the actual stamp colours on the wooden block as my guide. I added some Spica glitter here and there on the party hats and the balloon for some pretty little bling.
I matted the image on red Bazzil cardstock, and used my SU corner punch for the green Bazzil corner piece. The blue Bazzil cardstock background was run through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder (bought at Scrappin' Great Deals), and was matted on the same red cardstock as the main image. The yellow Bazzil cardstock I cut to size and stamped the sentiment and stars on- both from Papertrey Ink's Limitless Labels set.
The green cardstock scalloped circle was made using the small Nestability die in my set, and then I attached a metal embellishment from MM using glue dots. The funky ribbon is from American Craft. The final touch was to glue it all to a white Papertrey Ink cardstock base cut to 5.5" square, and then I was DONE!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Pretty little Easter Patty Chick!!

*Ugh* Is anyone else as STUFFED as I am today?? What an Easter supper celebration! My husband, our little Jake and I all went to eat at my mom and dad's with our immediate family, and boy did they cook up a feast...a whole barbecued chicken (with a FABULOUS secret rub recipe that dad won't share), couscous salad, sourdough bread and to finish it off....chocolate caramel cake!!! I won't need to eat for a week!
I made this Easter card for them (I also took a yummy dip as an appetizer that went over well!) because I know mom appreciates anything handmade...and she gave me the image so I wanted to show her how I used it! :)
She used Brilliance Graphite Black to stamp the image, and I took over from there, colouring it in with my copic markers and adding spica glitter to the flower centres and leaves. She's called Patty Chick from the Calendar Chicks collection by Stampendous. I cut the image out using my oval scalloped Nestabilities and inked Aqua Mist around the edges. The yellow paper it's matted on was also cut out with Nestabilities.
The pretty sparkly paper is from Imaginisce, and the yellow matting is the reverse side of it. It was too Eastery NOT to use! I matted the DP on green sparkly paper from Doodlebug Designs, and then again on Aqua Mist cardstock. The ribbon is the polka dot Aqua Mist from Papertrey Ink. The pink card base was made from Bazzil cardstock and I used my corner rounder the guard off to do the scalloped edge. I then glued a tiny strip of Aqua Mist cardstock to the very bottom edge.
The sentiment is from the Limitless Labels clear stamp set by Papertrey Ink, and it was cut out with the smallest scalloped oval in my Nestabilities set. After inking the edges of it with Aqua Mist I was done!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A funky kitty from Pink Cat Studio

Have you checked out Pink Cat Studio lately?? I ordered a 'grab bag' a while ago, and am finally getting some of the images stamped and coloured!!

This pretty kitty is coloured with copic markers, with a green sakura glitter pen for added touch on the eyes. Diamond stickles accent the collar. Kitty is matted on two colours of bazzil cardstock, with the edges of the image inked pale pink. The background papers are pink Bazzil cardstock, ran through a Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder and scalloped with a corner rounder, and Making Memories dp. I brushed my pale pink ink over top of the embossing to add another shade of pink the card. The 3 black rhinestones are from Doodlebug Designs, the flowers are primas, except for the acrylic one, which is Making Memories (the brad is also MM). The mesh is just a little bit of extra from my stash, and the sentiment inside says "Have a purrrfect day!" And done!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ooooooo lots of cards

Ohhhh boy this is the ultimate test of laziness, but I'm not going to get too detailed about these cards...I'm just happy to finally get them up on here! If you have questions about any of them, PLEASE ask me in the comments, I'd be happy to tell you anything you need to know! Or, maybe you'll be satisfied with the bare necessities! :)

Okay, this one used the Bella Baby Buggy Bumper from Stamping Bella, and the "congratulations" is from Clearly Wordsworth Baby Collection and the blue Baubles come from SB also. Patterned paper is the Basic Grey Baby Boy line.

This uses patterned paper from the Two Scoops line by Basic Grey, and stamps from the Small Script SU set, and the hearts are from the All About U SU set.
These papers and cardstock are all from Papertrey Ink, and the image comes from their Piece of Cake set. Ink is Aqua Mist (also PTI) and pale pink Versamagic. Diamond stickles are the centres of the flowers, and scalloped circle is a nestability die.

This uses BSC19 and BCC19 from SCS. I used Feelwellabella from Stamping Bella, coloured her in with copic markers and the sentiment is from the Rain or Shine set by MFT. The cardstock is all Bazzil, and the blue was run through my Big Shot machine using the Swiss Dots folder by Cuttlebug. The clear bauble is from Stamping Bella, and the ribbon is miscellaneous from my stash! PHEWF!!!!! And done!!!

Some more wedding cards...

This is a CASE of my own from a few days ago- the birthday all white card. You'll see on that post, that it's actually a CASE from someone else too :)
For this one I used the Floral Fantasy Cuttlebug folder with dark purple Bazzil cardstock, and the Piece of Cake set from Papertrey Ink. I used purple inks, sage Versacolor for the leaves and Stickles for the flower centres. And done!!

This beautiful stamp is from the Artful Stamper, and I LOVE it! It's soooo pretty to colour and it just SCREAMS for sparkle. :) I used pale purple shades of copic markers for the flowers, with light green for the leaves and my spica glitter marker on all the flowers.
I inked the edges of the image pale purple (Hyacinth by Versacolor I believe) and mounted it on white, then added white brads coated with Diamond stickles. It's matted again on white glitter paper by Doodlebug Designs, and then matted AGAIN on white cardstock! The final card is 4"x4". And done!


Today was my lunch in Petrolia at Actor's restaurant with a bunch of ladies who love cardmaking as much as I do! Well, let me tell you, I'm STUFFED! I had the yummiest chicken club with fries and was still not hungry come supper time...and to boot I scored some really neat stuff at the Town Scrapper from Phebe- a little bit of MFT, some Whipper Snapper, and my new fave, High Hopes. I think Kraftin' Kimmie took a picture or two, so maybe they'll show up on her blog at some point.

I've done a few wedding cards lately as a good friend is getting married the 29th of March, and I want a perfect card for her...well, I have a few semi-okay ones to choose from now! :)

This one is a case from the Papertrey Ink gallery. I used Aqua Mist and white cardstock- both from Papertrey Ink, as well as Aqua Mist polka dot ribbon, and matching ink. The stamps come from the Piece of Cake set also from....yep, that's right, Papertrey Ink. :) The darker aqua ink is Mountain Lake Versacolor. The scalloped rectangle is from a Nestabilities set-- the rest is pretty self-explanatory!

A lunch out with the ladies!

Woohoo! Fun lunch day!!
Lucky Clucker (my mom) and I are headed into Petrolia for lunch with Kraftin' Kimmie and Phebe from the Town Scrapper, et al. :) I'm really looking forward to it, as I haven't made it out to a lunch yet and my mom has already met all these wonderful ladies. I can't wait to check out Phebe's new goodies- she is just too helpful and a big time enabler when it comes to me buying stuff I CAN'T resist!! I'll have some more cards for you this afternoon once I get to the high speed Internet at work (teehee!) so I'll check back later and fill you in on how lunch went...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Kimmie Sketch Challenge a few days too late!!

This card is based on Kraftin' Kimmie's most recent sketch challenge with the winner receiving an awesome Magnolia stamp!! Unfortunately....I'm a few days too late to enter the contest, but I still wanted to try the sketch out and see what I could come up with!!

You'll have to excuse me as the image I used was stamped a long time ago by my mom from her collection so I really have no idea what it is called!

I coloured in this beautiful lady with my copic markers and punched the corners using my ticket punch by SU, and inked the edges with sage Versacolor, then matted it on Aqua Mist cardstock by Papertrey Ink. The card base is Spring Moss cardstock, also from Papertrey Ink, as well as the patterned paper from the Everyday Blessings collection. I used my Purple Cow trimmer with a decorative blade inserted to cut the wavy border on the Aqua Mist paper, and my corner rounder for the scallops on the patterned paper.

The flowers are Primas, with a pearl Bella Bauble for the flower centre. The sentiment comes from the Essential Sentiments set by My Favorite Things. After gluing it all together I was done!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pampering yourself after a long, eventful weekend!

I'm taking today to recuperate...haha! I spent most of Saturday and Sunday away in Toronto at a girlfriend's bachelorette party and I'm now home and exhausted! It was fun though...lots of laughing, shopping, good food and wine. :) AND we went and saw Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre so that was definitely a highlight...It wasn't the greatest show I've ever seen, seeing as it's not really a musical, just has great music in it, but I still enjoyed myself and would recommend it to a group of ladies to go and see!!

This card was made using my new set Time for the Bubbly from My Favorite Things that I bought off Ebay- wow, some great deals there!! It's based off a sketch on SCS and once again- when I find it again, I'll post who I CASED it from. :) It is 5.5"x5.5" which is a size I sometimes use just to get out my 5 1/2" x 4 1/4' funk every now and then!

I used all Papertrey Ink cardstock in White and Spring Moss for the card base and all the others layers. The designer paper is from the gorgeous Everyday Blessings set from Papertrey Ink, and I'm excited to say that I just ordered all of their paper from the latest release this past Saturday!! (okay, and I might have also ordered the matching ribbon, ink, and a stamp set)Woooohooo, I'll be stalking my mail lady for THAT package!

I stamped my image in Brilliance Graphite Black, and coloured it in with my copic markers. I added stickles for the bubbles, and some crystal lacquer for the mirror. The scalloped border I created using my corner punch, and then I hole punched each scalloped. The corners of some of the layers were punched with my SU ticket punch. Edges were inked with a baby blue from Versacolor and all glued down with my Tombow Mono glue- the only glue I ever use because it's what I started with and I've always had great results with it. Add a sentiment from the same MFT set, mounted on Spring Moss, and some mish mash of ribbon from my stash and done!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

You Take the Cake!!!

I love this card....of course it's a CASE from SCS, whose though, I can't remember right now. I promise I'll post back later to tell you exactly who it is from. Edited to add: Check out Ginapier's gallery for some awesome cards- that's where this idea came from! All the white paper used is Papertrey Ink's Stampers Select White cardstock which is divine... and I ran it through my Big Shot in the new Floral Fantasy folder from Cuttlebug. The embossed pieces are mounted on regular white cardstock, with the smaller center piece popped up with dimensionals. I stamped the flowery cake, candles and serving platter (all from the You Take the Cake set from MFT) in Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured them in with my copics, using stickles here and there for extra sparkle. I tied an iridescent white shimmery ribbon around the main image, and glued it all down. The Sentiment is from the same set, and was also stamped in black ink.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I've Made her Day, and 7 random facts about me!!

Awwww how nice of you Lucky!!! The Lucky Clucker gave me this You Make My Day award and I feel so special! Do you think it's because she's my mother?? (teehee!) :) Maybe because I gave her a grandson?? :) Or maybe just because she's nice and wonderful. I give this award right back to you Lucky because no one deserves it more!

How about 7 weird and wonderful and random facts about myself....ahem, also tagged by Lucky on this one... :)

1-- Well, not so weird to some, but I have 2 tattoos of butterflies- one on my left shoulder, and one one my lower back, left side. I love them and sometimes when I look in the mirror it startles me because I've forgotten about them. I don't care if they get saggy and gross when I get old- I love them. I'm even considering getting another soon- maybe a tiger lily flower with my son's birth date in verrrrrry tiny numbers somewhere in the petals or leaves.

2--I'm diabetic- not so weird either! I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 4 years old and 2 1/2 years ago changed over from 5 injections a day to an insulin pump which has made my life easier, and more manageable. I can't say I love being diabetic but it has brought me unique experiences such as an amazing summer camp I attended for 10 summers in the Muskokas. "Camp is love"...

3--After many looooong hours sludging through correspondence courses, I finally finished my degree in the fall...I now have a B.A. in History with a minor in Women's Studies from Carleton University.

4--I've lived at 4 addresses in my life and they have all been about 30 feet down the road from each other each time...I guess I really like Florence Road! :)
5--Two of my best friends who had never met each other (both from different stages of my life)met randomly in Ecuador and figured out they have ME in common--it's a small world!!

6--My house burnt to the ground the summer I was 17 while I was away on a school trip in Tottori, Japan. Luckily no one in my family, including pets were hurt, and I actually fared better than the rest because I had a luggage full of clothes while they had nothing... :( but while I was in Japan I sang with my choir at the 22nd Annual All-Japan Senior High School Cultural Festival (say that 3 times fast!) and in front of thousands of people! Pretty cool!

7--I started dating my husband the first summer I was home from university after he came into the variety store where I was working. He seemed to need a lot of milk and newspapers those first few weeks, until I clued in he liked me! :) I actually had a crush on him in high school but alas, he didn't reciprocate! Until summer '01 that is!! :) And now we've been married 5 years and have a beautiful 17 month old son, Jake.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Diplomabella is a star!

I haven't used my (okay, well, my mom's) Diplomabella stamp for awhile so I decided to give her a whirl, since I think she coordinates perfectly with Verve Visual's Seeing Stars set.
I stamped her on Papertrey white cardstock in Brilliance Graphite Black in, and coloured her with my copic markers. I outlined her in the lightest cool gray colour there is in the Ciao set to make her stand out a bit more, and inked the edges black. I added 2 Heidi Swapp bling crystals and mounted the image on Bazzil Bling black cardstock.
The base of the card is made from Bazzil Bling black cardstock, and the DP is from DCWV, one of their glitter stacks but I'm not sure which one. :( The silver paper is shimmery and I paper pierced around the edges of it, then stamped the sentiment and 3 little stars from the Starlight, Starbright Remixed (Verve Visual again). I tied some silver Offray ribbon around the top, then mounted my matted image on with pop dots. The star (from the Seeing Stars set again) was stamped with Versamark, then embossed with a GORGEOUS sparkly silver EP, coloured in with copic markers, and cut out. The starbursts (also Seeing Stars set) are stamped with Versamark, and embossed with the same EP, then cut out and glued behind the big star. There is a little star attached to the starburst, but I chose not to include it in the image as it was just too many stars...
The inside of the card has a nice sentiment stamped inside from the Seeing Stars set that reads, "Make the MOST of YOURSELF for that is ALL there is of YOU."--Ralph Waldo Emerson AND then it was done!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Such a Happy Forest

I bought the Happy Forest stamp by Stamping Bella at my LSS on Friday, and inked it up for the first time last night. It's such a pretty, quirky, wild image to work with....the possibilities for colours are endless. I think it's called Happy Forest because just looking at it makes me see the colours of the rainbow!
I used my Brilliance Graphite Black ink to stamp the image on Papertreyink white cardstock, then coloured it in with my copics. I guess I didn't wait long enough for the ink to dry (I'm impatient!!) because when colouring, the top of one of the trees smeared a bit...darn it! Anyway, other than that, I like my colouring technique on this card. I've been trying to experiment with my copics more, become a little more adventurous...anyone know a good tutorial or two that could help me?? Once coloured, I doodled around the edges, and used my corner punch to round all edges. The cardstock I used is all Bazzil and I tried to come up with the brightest, funnest colours in my scrap pile. :) The pink piece was run through my Big Shot in the Swiss Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug. All corner edges are rounded, and the ribbon is all mish mash from my stash-- once again, as colourful as possible! The gems are Making Memories crystal brads, and then the entire card front was glued to the base- made of Papertreyink white cardstock.
Have you seen the sneak peeks of the latest release on the 15th by Papertreyink??? Check out Nichole Heady's blog and she'll show you some great goodies that you still have to wait 5 more days for!!! :) I'm already mentally tallying my order....

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Kimmie's Spring challenge

Well, this card I decided to enter in Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge over her blog, because once I finished it, I realized it WAS very springy and cheerful, so why not!? The prize is a very cute High Hopes rubber stamp that is just toooo sweet. The card is based on Stamping Bella Sketch challenge #14 from SCS, and I really like how it turned out.
I used Penelope with Prezzies from Stamping Bella, and stamped her in Brilliance Graphite Black ink, which is just wonderful because you can colour with your copics very shortly after stamping and not have to worry about smearing ink...phewf! Anyway, I coloured her in, adding some stickles here and there because it's for a little girl's birthday and little girls LOVE sparkles! :) She's mounted on bazzil cardstock, and I doodled around the edges of the image as well as sponging some pale pink, then added 2 crstyals, also from Stamping Bella. She's popped up with dimensionals, and all the DP I used is from Nana's Nursery, Baby Girl by Die Cuts With a View. The sentiment is a rub-on from Melissa Frances, and they go on like BUTTER!! I can't wait to go buy some more... :) The ribbon is a mish mash from my collection- I'm really loving ribbon lately, can't get enough of it! I just used my hole punch to make a hole similar to what the SU slot punch makes, and threaded the ribbon through and tied each piece in a knot. I like the end result. The inside of the card simply says Celebrate- from the Piece of Cake set by Papertreyink. Done! Off to my cousin's little girls first birthday party this afternoon- hope MY little guy behaves! :)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Babies everywhere!

Maybe it's the long winter and many snowstorms here in southwestern Ontario, but a few of my girlfriends have recently announced they are pregnant... :) All the better for me to create some beautiful baby cards!!
This one is cased from the Lucky Clucker. I really liked her layout using Imeldabella, so I decided to create something similar. Yesterday was a shopping day and after scoring a few items at the Paper Pickle, I came home and put Teddybella to work!
I stamped her in Brilliance Graphite black ink, and coloured her in with my copic markers, using my blender marker on her pants- the green was too vivid at first, so the blender helped to soften it. The bow on her shirt, as well as the rattle, has diamond stickles added to them and one of the purses is covered in petal pink Liquid Pearl accents. I inked around the edges of the image with pink, and added 2 doodlebug gems before matting it on green dp that belongs to one of the Basic Grey lines (I really don't think it belongs to Two Scoops, even though that is the dp I used for the rest of the card)'s a pile in my scrap drawer so who really knows what is what! :)
The paper used for the rest of the card is Two Scoops by Basic Grey (which I LOVE) and the flowers are Primas with a yellow snap for the center. The sentiment is from my new Verve Visual set- Starlight Starbright Remixed. I also bought the Wonderful Wishes Remixed, Seeing Stars, and Thoughtful Flowers...soooo happy to finally get them and ink them all up!!! Finished off the card with some Offray ribbon from Walmart (cheap, cheap!) and done!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Teachabella goes Around the Block

I have a huge stack of stamped images that came from here, there and everywhere...from image swaps, from my mom or friends, stuff of my own that I stamped, coloured and set aside. Well, I found Teachabella in that pile and decided to put her to work.
She is coloured in with my copic markers, except for the chalkboard, where I used a pencil crayon. The apple has red liquid pearl accent applied to it so it looks shiny and ready to eat! I doodled around the edges with a brown marker and matted it on 2 colours of bazzil cardstock. The brown background paper I ran through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, just to give the card a little texture as it looked too plain before I did that. The middle patterned paper is from Around the Block and I've had it since the fall and have always meant to use it with Teachabella-- finally I got around to it! Add some brown sheer ribbon from my stash, a stick pin from Fancy Pants Designs, and done!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tilda with her Easter basket

Okay, okay, I have 2 Tilda stamps by Magnolia that I'm afraid of using- I really have no ideas when it comes to using them and they are soooo pretty that I'm nervous to get stamping with them!! So I did some searching on SCS and found a Tilda card that I really loved and used that layout and well, pretty much every element of it for my own creation! :) Edited to add: You can see the original card here at SCS.
I stamped her in brilliance black ink by versamagic, and coloured her in with my copics, using some DP for her rolled up pant legs. I 'glittered' her wings using my new copic spica glitter pen- given to me by my wonderful mother :)
The patterned papers are all from the "For Peep's Sake" line by Imaginisce....sooooo Eastery and springlike. I can't wait to use the rest of the papers I have. All the cardstock is Bazzil, the baubles are 'pearl' from Stamping Bella, the flower is from Prima, the ribbon from Walmart, and the button comes from Making Memories Garden Party box of flowers and buttons. As you can probably see if you look closely, I need smaller glue dots! Done!
Ugh, I'm on day 2 of no morning naps for I'm pretty zonked myself from keeping him amused all morning. Two naps a day was making him wake up pretty darn early in the a.m., so we're trying to cut out the morning one and cross our fingers he'll sleep for 3 hours in the afternoon and STILL go to bed at a reasonable time and get UP at a reasonable time in the morning...*sigh*

Monday, March 3, 2008

Tag-- I'm it!!

The Lucky Clucker tagged everyone who pretty much read her post...haha! So here I am, thinking hard about my answers!

WHAT WERE YOU DOING TEN YEARS AGO? Well, I was only 16 :) So probably stressing about boys, friends and high school worries, and driving my mother and father CRAZY!

WHAT WERE YOU DOING ONE YEAR AGO? A year ago my baby boy Jake was only 5 months old, so I was probably just really getting into the swing of things mommy-wise and feeling normal again. I'm pretty sure he was sleeping well by then, therefore allowing my husband and I to NOT feel so much like zombies every morning.

NAME YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE SNACKS? Ohhhh dear. Popcorn for sure! Barbeque chips, Raisin Glosettes, Nuts n' Bolts (homemade of course) and Rosemary and Olive oil Triscuits! Yum!

NAME FIVE THINGS YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WERE A MILLIONAIRE? Build a new home, give money to our local library, put some money aside for my sons education, buy every single cardmaking tool/paper/doodad possible, and donate to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

NAME FIVE THINGS YOU LIKE DOING? Making cards, watching movies, reading, having looooong phone calls to girlfriends, playing with my son Jake

NAME FIVE THINGS YOU WOULD NEVER WEAR AGAIN? A bikini- as if I ever did, white tennis shoes, anything with Puffy paint on it :) The horrible cat nightshirt my grandma gave to me that was 3 sizes too big, and my big huge maternity underwear

NAME YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE TOYS? Um? Do cardmaking toys count? Then my Cropadile, Big Shot and ScorPal-- as for non cardmaking-- I guess my husband's remote control airplanes, and my son's Popcorn Popper toy.

And as for tagging anyone else...well, if you wanna do it, knock yourself out! :)

Swiss dots are hot!

Oooooo I love those Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug. When I first saw them I thought- nope, don't like em', won't use it....but after seeing so many gorgeous creations using that folder I wondered, "what am I thinking!!??" So of course, I bought it.
This card is almost a direct case from a card by Sharon Johnson of No Time to Stamp...see the link to her in the previous post.
I used Bazzil white cardstock and ran it through the Swiss Dots folder, using my Big Shot machine. I wish I could tell how you how far in I embossed, but really, I wasn't being technical about it!! After embossing, I turned the piece of cardstock over and using my ScorPal, scored two lines vertically down the length of the card. I then tied some pretty baby "boyish" ribbon around it, and added a blue safety pin. Oh, the inside has a nice sentiment about how babies are a gift blown from the hand of God. I like this card. I'm going to have to buy some more blue ribbon, and some pink too so I can make lots more!! Done!

New Cuttlebug folders!!!

Wow, so I'm really trying hard to buy ALL the new Cuttlebug folders. :)
Since I received quite a few in the mail today, I played away all afternoon, experimenting with some of them. I ordered the swiss dots, distressed stripes, numbers collage and fancy corners (that one isn't new, but it's new to ME!). That is besides the Floral Fantasy I got in the mail Friday! All from Scrappin' Great Deals by the way! Anyway, for my Cuttlebug inspiration I usually check out Sharon Johnson's blog No Time to Stamp, because she always has some really creative projects utilizing those amazing embossing folders!
This card was quick and simple. The base of the card is papertrey white cardstock. Glued to that is my white bazzil cardstock cut to size. I ran it through my Ellison Big Shot with the Fancy Corners mini folder from Cuttlebug (Provo Craft). I stamped my sentiment from Hero Arts in a Hint of Pesto Versamagic ink, and added a pesto coloured silk ribbon to the top and tied it in a knot. Done! So elegant and easy.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Strawberry Shortcake sweetness...

This little gal reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake when she's paired with these awesome papers from DCWV Nana's Nursery line.
She's miniwagonbella from Stamping Bella and I loooooovey her! (to be said like Em from Stamping Bella)
First I stamped her and coloured her in with my copic markers. I used Liquid Pearl accents on her shirt collar and the doll's collar. The green flowers on the wagon have lime stickles on them. I inked pink around the edges, and matted her twice on cardstock which was punched with my SU ticket punch. Then I added pink eyelets using my Cropadile. The patterned papers are all from Nana's Nursery- the Baby Girl collection, which I split with my mom. I used my SU corner punch (new!!), added some primas with a MM crystal brad in the center, some ribbon, and after MUCH deliberating, used the sentiment from the Technique Tuesday Small Talk collection. I stamped it, then cut it in two, inked the edges and matted in on the green cardstock. It's popped out with dimensionals. Done!

Figuring out how to mass produce this card!

I'm definitely going to make a few more of these cards. I just need to buy some more of that lovely DP!!! I think this one turned out so well, and I've already had lots of compliments from those who have seen it IRL. It's the stamped image that makes it- what a gorgeous stamp, and you can use it a 100 different ways. The only thing that limits me is that it is so large that a 6x6 card is really the only size that compliments the stamp.

The big butterfly image is from the Artful Stamper, and the sentiment from Hero Arts. I stamped in black, embossed in clear, and coloured in with copics. I added some gold stickles to the 'dots' on the butterflies.

The patterened paper is from a beautiful SEI collection called Dill Blossom which has coordinating solids on the back, and the rust cardstock is bazzil. The ribbon I bought at my LSS and is sheer gold. Done!

Rockabella rocks!

This card is based on WT155 and BSC01 over on Splitcoaststampers. You were to use music as your inspiration this week- so here is rockabella!

She's pretty funky isn't she?? First I stamped her in black and embossed with clear EP. Then I paper pieced her pants with that wild snake skin paper I bought at Stamp Art in London, On. I coloured her in with copics, using stickles on her shirt, shoes, and guitar handle. Then I sponged black ink around the edges, and matted it all on black cardstock. I love the hot pink streak in her hair...She reminds me of one of the current Top 24 American Idol contestants...the one that is a nurse, rides a motorcycle and rocks out! :)

I put some of my shiny gold paper through my Big Shot in a Cuttlebug folder, and matted it on black cardstock, and adding 2 treble clef eyelets. The snakeskin paper was matted on black cardstock also, and then I finally glued all the layers together, adding the "you rock" sentiment from MFT. Done!

This card is based on MFTSC11 on SCS. I used leftover DP found in my scrap drawer, and paired it with orange and black cardstock to give it a more "masculine" feel. I had an order of a few cards recently, and I made this one for a women who requested a masculine birthday card. I don't really have a lot of those made up that I like, so I was glad when this one turned out well (well, in my opinion!)

The image comes from the "Let's Hear it for the Boys" set from MFT, and the sentiment is Papertreyink- "Limitless Labels". I stamped the image and coloured it in using my copics. Then I paper pieced the chair and rug. The TV has crystal lacquer over the screen to give it that glass look. The circles were done using first a Sizzix die cut (for the plain circle), then a nestabilities die (for the scalloped circle). I inked the edges with orange ink and stamped the sentiment in black. I added some eyelets and staples for the finishing touches on the front, and stamped the matching sentiment that comes with the MFT set on the inside. Done!